Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. It's that most wonderful time of the season! Do you complete your own returns or farm that job out to the professionals?
CH takes care of that by taking to somebody else to do it for us.  Less stressful that way.
2. This next question comes from Kansas Bob...he posed it in his response to something I asked in an earlier Wednesday post and I asked him if I could add it to the Hodgepodge some day. Today's the day....

Which do you think has changed you more-love or pain?
Pain.  No pain, no gain, right?  When I look back at the pains in my life, I definitely think that those events helped me grow into the person I am.  
3. Tangerine Tango has been named color of the year for 2012. Your thoughts? Would I find this color anywhere in your house? How about in your closet? If not, will you be adding this color to your life in some way in 2012? If you're not sure what tangerine tango looks like click here.
You definitely won't be seeing me wear that color...I'm a winter, and that's NOT a winter color!  We have some orange in our house (we do live in "Big Orange Country"!), but not tangerine tango.
4. Are you a collector? What do you collect and does it get admired, used, and/or dusted regularly?
I don't really collect anything, but I have started buying a Christmas Ornament when we go on vacations.  
5. February is National Heart Month...besides a green salad what is one tasty heart healthy dish you like to prepare?
Grilled chicken with pasta, mushrooms, and broccoli.
6. When was the last time you had car trouble?
Earlier in the year.  I guess this counts as "car trouble":  I heard an awful squealing while I was driving, but it would stop when I stopped.  It turned out my car was telling me that I needed new brakes.
7. Have you been more demanding on yourself lately or less? Is that a good trend?
Less.  And it's not a good thing.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Last year we have snow every time we turned around.  This year:  nada, zilch, NONE. What is up with this:
 I really, really hope our "Spring Break" isn't spent shoveling snow.


  1. mmm... pasta, brocoli & mushrooms... I'm now hungry :)

  2. I had the same response to #2. We don't get a lot of snow normally, but we've hardly had any ... and what we did have didn't amount to much. It got into the 60's the last couple of days and will be in the 50's for the rest of the week. Whatever happened to winter?

  3. I hope you don't spend it shoveling snow either. We had snow last year too...this year we have had some amazingly cold weather....with no moisture...and then two days later...70's with thundershowers and tornadic activity...I am like you...what is up with this????

  4. We've barely had any either and although we're warmer than normal we're not up at 60 degrees. There's a chance for some on Sunday but it seems like these storms fizzle out. I know we need some to carry us thru the summer-it's always a problem if there isn't enough precip in the winter. What I really hope is that we don't have all this crazy weather now with lots of snow in March. By March I really do want spring!

  5. My mother and I exchange Christmas ornaments each year. I'm always on the look out for a good one. And it's had the added benefit of helping me to have a very pretty tree (because, of course, I get one for myself too). :)

  6. I totally agree with #1. That's what we do too.

  7. Oh, I forgot to mention Christmas ornaments in my collections! It is fun to remember all the fun places you've been each year hanging them up, isn't it?
    Here in south central Texas, we won't have snow during spring break for sure, but I do hope we continue with nice weather. It's 75 now with a slight breeze - perfect!

  8. We send our taxes out too. It keeps us out of jail. LOL My mother gives us all ornaments every year for Christmas and everyone always brings me back at least one when they travel. The travel ones are my favorites!

  9. Your chicken meal sounds delicious!
    Since we got dumped on before Christmas, I hope we're on to Spring now. It was gorgeous today, again, and I was able to get out and have a good walk. I like these kind of days!

  10. #4
    Definitely "love" for me.
    Nothing more life affirming to me than unconditional love...Pain has not been my friend.

  11. Enjoyed reading your answers. It is a crazy Winter for weather!

  12. In retrospect, I can say I've done much growing out of the ashes of pain. If you don't learn something from the hard knocks of life, then you're going to repeat the same blunders or you'll have little appreciation for the good times. God puts us in places like this to help us stretch our boundries a bit while showing us something very important about ourselves, I think. For anyone in painful situations, I would encourage them to cling to their faith in God to see them through lows and keep an open heart to how this can benefit you or someone else.


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